Courses

355:201 Research in the Disciplines

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Coordinator:  Lynda Dexheimer

Students in 201 complete research projects on topics of their own choosing within various fields of study.  See the options for Spring 2014 below. 201 will help you gain valuable expertise in your topic area, learn how to do research, and improve your writing abilities.

  • SAS Students:  201 is a Core Certified course meeting both WCr and WCd requirements for Writing and Communication Goals.
  • SEBS Students;  201 meets Core Curriculum Requirements in Area VI: Oral and Written Communication.
  • Other Students:  201 satisfies requirements for most schools.  Check with your advisor.

Busch

 

healthcare ethics

355:201:F3      15386                   TTH4 [1:40-3:00] ARC-326               Busch            Instructor: E. Haqq-Stevens

“Healthcare Ethics” focuses on the how personal, cultural, community and political ethics affect the practice and delivery of healthcare. Research topics include medicine, doctor/nurse patient relationship, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing, western and eastern medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and insurance industries. Students can also study how personal cultural/religious views influence the practice and delivery of healthcare.

Nutrition and Exercise Science

355:201:F1      17455                         MTH1 [8:40-10:00] ARC-324                   Busch                  Instructor: TBD

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc. PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON  AND DOUGLASS CAMPUS.

Science, Medicine, and Society

355:201:F2      15192                     MTH3 [12:00-1:20] ARC-326               Busch               Instructor:  J. Abrams

 

355:201:F5      07634                      TTH6 [5:00-6:20] ARC-324                 Busch            Instructor: K. Thompson

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE AND LIVINGSTON CAMPUS. 

College Avenue

College!

355:201:10     13111              T6 [4:30-5:50] MU-114                                   CAC         Instructor: M. Goeller

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

This course explores the changing meaning of college in America, with a focus on the increasing privatization of public education.  Research topics might include the rising costs of college and matching student debt, the disconnect between student life and academics, the stressful competition for admission to the most selective schools, the expense of remedial education, the rise of big time college sports as a revenue stream, the history of student protest movements, the role of fraternities and sororities, and the complex relationship between faculty and corporations. As part of the class, students will be required to conduct at least one primary source interview that is appropriate to their projects. This is a hybrid course with meetings one day each week supplemented by online activities, which will include keeping a research blog and participating in online discussion forums.

communication in the digital age

355:201:05     18819                  M7 [6:10-7:30] SC-219                                CAC          Instructor: M. Wahba

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

Texts. Emails. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. G-chat. Skype. The manner in which we communicate has changed over time and the channels of communication seem to be ever-increasing.  This course gives students an opportunity to research and explore changes in communication in the context of the digital age.  Examples of research options include topics such as the changes in language attributable to increased electronic communication, the loss of a message's meaning on social media, the importance of (or lack thereof) body language in communication, and the effects of increased connectivity on communication.

the corporation

355:201:B2     15075                                     MW4 [1:10-2:30] SC-214             CAC           Instructor:  J. Robbins

 Corporate names, brands, and logos are everywhere, but what exactly is a corporation? What role do corporations play in economies, political systems, and in daily life? What consequences do corporate practices have on social structures and institutions?  “The Corporation” offers rich opportunities for student investigation. Possible topics include Occupy Wall Street; business ethics; globalization; advertising, branding, and marketing; corporatization of entertainment, sports, education, healthcare; Citizens United; income inequality; corporate personhood; economic development; etc.

Fashion

355:201:D3      09089           TTH5 [2:50-4:10] HH-A2                                 CAC                  Instructor: A. Alter

How did something as essential as clothing evolve into something as frivolous as fashion, constantly changing and regularly discarded? How did the verb "to fashion", which means, "to make," end up as a noun that describes the latest and hottest garment to be worn, a word synonymous with change? This class will explore these questions. We will also examine how fashion is used to define individuals and how fashion is a form of communication and culture with rules, values, and prohibitions. From fashion design and designers, to beauty and marketing, to subcultures and politics, this course will look at fashion as a social and cultural language today. Some possible research topics are: the cultural significance of specific designers; an examination of fashion trends as subculture; or a history of cosmetic use and its evolution in the last 100 years.

Feminism for everyone

355:201:D2     05959                   TF4 [1:10-2:30] CA-A1                                 CAC                  Instructor: A. King

“I need feminism because_______________.”  Regardless of age, race, gender, class, or sexual orientation, we each have something to put in that blank. In this course we will explore the roots of the feminist movement, modern-day issues within feminism, the misconceptions about what it means to be a feminist, and the ways in which feminism is relevant to today’s Rutgers students.  Drawing on a wide range of sources from Mary Wollstonecraft to Sarah Silverman, from blogs to books, from fashion magazines to photographic archives, we will delve into feminism as not just an isolated movement, but one that intersects with myriad modern-day issues in politics, the sciences, sports, the arts, and pop culture.

international business relations

355:201:B5     19185                   MW5 [2:50-4:10] FH-A6           CAC                           Instructor: K. Yeniyurt

This course considers the objectives and strategies of international business in the context of global competition. Student research options include topics such as cross-cultural differences in business practices, international trade differences, outsourcing, the International Monetary System, currency disputes, global competition, trade wars, and the role of organizations such as the United Nations, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization.

Love and Sex

355:201:A4     03826                   MTH3 [11:30-12:50] SC-203                       CAC       Instructor:  B. Farberman

Most songs, novels, and movies focus on the same theme: love.  How can we define love?  What is the difference between loving someone and being in love?  In this course, students will investigate the ways in which love and sex affect cultural traditions, gender norms, and the human condition.  We will look at controversial issues that arise when people defy, redefine, or revisit cultural and social norms associated with love and sex.  Possible topics include acts of flirtation, gay marriage, public displays of affection, serial killers and necrophilia, sexuality in comic books, female genital mutilation, Internet sex addiction, sexual predators, and pornography. PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS.

music of the moment

355:201:A1     11006                        MTH2 [9:50-11:10] FH-A6           CAC                     Instructor: B. Farberman

Paralleling the rapid succession from LP to MP3, the ways in which we think about music have evolved dramatically over the past hundred years or so. What’s the difference between composition and improvisation? Do seemingly disparate styles have more in common than we think? What separates music from sound or noise? Is sample-based music creative? Should we pay for music? We’ll seek to answer questions like these, and examine the “universal language” from a wide variety of twenty-first century angles and perspectives.

Playing gay: Lgbqt media representation

355:201:E1      05011                         TTH7 [6:10-7:30] MU-113           CAC                   Instructor: M. Betancourt

From TV series like Glee and Looking, to the Oscar-winning film Dallas Buyers Club, to out actors like Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, and Matt Bomer, it seems we are currently living in a world where LGBQT characters and actors have gone mainstream. In what ways are these media portrayals necessary for the political advocacy of the LGBQT community? Who controls these media representations and how do they contribute to the stereotypes about the gay community that permeate our culture? Must all minority media representation be committed to embrace a positive celebration of the LGBQT community? Building on a discussion of these questions, students will develop original and diverse research projects on topics that may include the intersection between race and sexuality in film, sexuality in the news, transgender identity in the media, GLAAD’s work on gay media representation, reality TV and sexual inclusivity, or out performers and the politics of the closet. Students of any sex, gender, and sexuality are welcome to join our discussion!

Science, Medicine, and Society

355:201:08     15196                      T3 [11:30-12:50] SC-214                       CAC                 Instructor: S. Stevens

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND BUSCH CAMPUS

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

355:201:C1      15078                       MW6 [4:30-5:50] SC-104                          CAC         Instructor: M. Cinnirella

Elements of science fiction and fantasy stories can be used to dramatize contemporary problems. How does escape into "otherworlds" like Oz or Panem change the dimensions not only of social and psychological identity, but also of broader social and cultural structures such as race, gender, and class? How does painting a speculative framework allow for explorations of uncharted or sensitive concepts? Drawing from Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and beyond, this class will examine the foreign landscapes of Science Fiction and Fantasy where heightened conditions shine a new light on human identity and the perspective of self and society, providing a reflection of new-found knowledge and truth closer to home, in the world we know.

Stories We Tell

355:201:B3     15076                            MW4 [1:10-2:30] SC-206             CAC                      Instructor: D. Keates

What’s your personal narrative? What are the stories you tell and listen to that make you who you are? Storytelling shapes identity and can be first-person accounts about relationships, honoring the dead, journeys, adventures, faith, politics and accomplishments. It is also living history as in the thousands of stories that make a culture’s collective identity. Storytelling is digital, written, oral, image, song and dance and never before have so many diverse fields used the power of the story in their work. Storytelling played a role in evolution, and today is practiced at every cultural level, from riots in Africa to boardrooms, from the porches of rural America to hospitals, from churches, mosques and temples to the courthouse – and your house. Research topics have included investigating how story relates to voodoo healing, an Indian epic tale, cigarette ad campaigns, Palestinian exile, photos from the civil rights era, classical music, the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, dementia treatment, hip hop dance and chocolate. Yes, chocolate.

Douglass/Cook 

Animal Ecology

355:201:S8      12848                   TTH7 [7:15-8:35] HCK-129                   D/C                       Instructor: A. Handy

In this course, students will study the interrelationships of animals with their communities and environments. Student research options include topics such as animal testing, animals in captivity, breeding, animal behavior and training, domestic animal management, zoo management, endangered species, animal health and treatment, animal communication, animal rights, animals in therapy, etc.

The Environment

355:201:25     04571                   TTH4 [2:15-3:35] HCK-112         D/C                          Instructor: D. Borie-Holtz

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus twice per week and requires substantial online participation.

Have you heard that by the year 2050 Alaska will no longer have polar bears?  Did you know that Glacier National Park will soon become a park without glaciers?  Did you know that elephants are "cracking up"?  Have you ever considered how Thoreau changed the face of environmental writing, or how Rachel Carson started the environmental movement with her book Silent Spring?  In this course students will explore all things environmental: economics, science, technology, ecology, politics, policy, practice, activism, international relations, energy, and art.

epidemics

355:201:N1     15080                          MTH1 [9:15-10:35] HCK-114              D/C                  Instructor: J. Hunter

Zombies, Bioterror, West Nile: the danger and mythology of epidemics is present in our global consciousness and popular culture. In this course, students will explore epidemic origin, response, and aftermath through scientific, economic, religious, technological, societal, and political lenses. Research topics may include: the role of hysteria in epidemic aftermath, politics of awareness and education in times of outbreak, bioterror: a vehicle for blame and persecution, the role of economics and privilege in the time of pestilence, and plague as moral & religious propaganda.

The Ethics of Food

355:201:24     15082                TH2 [10:55-12:15] HCK-132           D/C                               Instructor: T. Bender

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

 

355:201:N2     15083                   MW3 [12:35-1:55] HCK-123, 122          D/C                     Instructor: T. Bender

"Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food," Michael Pollan advised in his bestselling book, In Defense of Food. In our busy contemporary society, we cram down French fries that don't grow mold if we forget to eat them for a month; foot long sandwiches stuffed with processed meats; fizzy drinks of a dazzling array of colors. This course will explore the ethics of food, in terms of its production and distribution. Possible topics of research include an investigation of the ethics of the fast food industry, genetically modified foods, factory farms, agribusinesses, organic foods, food waste, and therecent increase in interest for local produce in farmers' markets, and rooftop farming in urban areas.

from print to film

355:201:D1     19186                   TTH4 [2:15-3:35] HCK-122            D/C                              Instructor: L. Healey

You read the book; you saw the movie. Which did you prefer? What changed from print to film? In this course, you will research and write about the process of film adaptation. Your main project for the class will be a research paper based on the critical discussion surrounding a classic film of your choice, subject to instructor approval.

 

International children’s literature 

355:201:23     15081                   M2[10:55-12:15]  HCK-119                    D/C                     Instructor: T. Bender

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

"A child's story which is enjoyed only by a child is a bad child's story. The good ones last." So said C.S. Lewis, referring to children’s books standing the test of time. But can children’s books stand the test of place as well? Against a theoretical background of Tony Watkins' piece, "Space, History and Culture: the Setting of Children's Literature," we will read stories for children from other lands, including The Baboon King by Anton Quintana, translated from Dutch and set in tribal East Africa; The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto, translated from Japanese and set in a Japanese city; The Clay Marble, by Minfong Ho, which is set in Cambodia during the Vietnam War; The Man From the Other Side by Uri Orlev, translated from Hebrew and set in Warsaw during the ghetto uprisings.  Possible research topics include examining how various cultural differences and values are reflected in international children’s stories of the student’s own choice. 

law, order and media

355:201:N6     13112                   MW4 [2:15-3:35] HCK-123             D/C                     Instructor: M. Oltarzewski

This course will explore our culture's fascination with law enforcement and the justice system.  Students will discuss and research the glamorization of the pursuit of justice, and the link between law and entertainment as seen in novels and "true crime" literature, films, theater, television, and news media.  A wide variety of topics will be examined and analyzed, but students are encouraged to come to class with their own viewpoints on crime and punishment, as they have been presented in today's culture and throughout history.

Music, Expression, and Performance

355:201:S3      07870                   TTH4 [2:15-3:35] HCK-126                    D/C        Instructor: E. Gardner

Music is an exciting, collaborative course designed to accommodate serious and meaningful research on a wide variety of topics. These have included important reassessments of musicians like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and George Harrison, Fusion in Jazz and World Music, Protest Music, Music and Racism, Music and Marking, Fan Behavior, Film Scoring, File Sharing, the Creativity of Amateur Musicians, and even Stage Fright.  Accomplished musicians who can use their expertise to shape a research topic and students who love music and want to explore a topic that they are interested are welcome!

Nutrition and Exercise Science

355:201:P1     11592                         MW5 [3:55-5:15] HCK-127                      D/C         Instructor: H. Swerdloff

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc.

survival

355:201:S1      15189                   TF3 [12:35-1:55] HCK-207                     D/C         Instructor: J. Loeb

At one point during his catastrophic 1913 Polar Expedition, explorer Douglass Mawson stood 100 miles from base camp.  He had just buried his friend in the Antarctic ice; his dogs were dead, he was sick and snow-blind.   Only then did he discover that his rotted and frostbitten soles had become detached from his feet.  Alone in the frigid wasteland, Mawson strapped his soles back onto his feet…  and kept going.   Truly, it is astonishing what human beings can endure.  Faced with desperate odds, raging cataclysm, or heartbreaking loss, we somehow manage to survive the most devastating of life’s traumas and challenges.  How?  How, rather than sink into terror or despair, does the human spirit find the capacity to survive, to endure, and to heal?  Students are invited to explore this question in a way that fascinates or inspires them.  Topics might include but are not limited to: wartime experience; emotional/physical abuse; personal loss or tragedy; perseverance and career comebacks; psychosocial and spiritual factors, etc.  

Time, The Familiar Stranger

355:201:S6      04552                            TTH5 [3:55-5:15] HCK-117                    D/C         Instructor: D. Stanton

What is time? For Plato, time was a "moving image of eternity." Isaac Newton conceived of time as an absolute flow, existing independently of all events and processes. To the Symbolists, time was all that was corrosive; time was death. British physicist, Julian Barbour, argues that time is merely an illusion. The truth is that at present, there is little consensus regarding an exact definition or even an adequate description of time. Our course takes its name from a groundbreaking study by noted scholar J.T. Fraser whose life's work focused on the notion that great insights are often gained by foregrounding a consideration of time in all disciplines. This class will offer students exciting opportunities for research in the broadest array of topics including, but not in any way limited to the psychology of time, biological time, time in the arts, the sociology of time, time in business, and the history of time.

Livingston

 

conspiracy theories

355:201:14     15323                          M5 [3:20-4:40] BE-121            LIV                                     Instructor: TBD

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

JFK. Roswell. The Moon Landing. People seem to love a good conspiracy theory. Conspiracy narratives are important precisely because of the intense level of belief or disbelief that they provoke. By putting aside judgment as to whether a particular conspiracy theory is true or false, students will analyze just why certain conspiracy theories catch on so quickly and stay around for so long. Over the course of the semester, students will choose a specific conspiracy theory and examine its significance: What are the meaning-making structures that make it click? Why does it have such a hold on the popular imagination? What does this say about people who “want to believe,” as the X-Files put it? What does this say about those who refuse to believe? How do new conspiracy theories develop and what determines their future level of popularity?

constructing identities

355:201:J1       12846                   TF3 [12:00-1:20] BE-119             LIV                               Instructor: D. Lilley

Who are you? Is your identity fixed or is it always changing? This course explores how we perceive ourselves, as individuals and as part of a collective group. We will examine the relationship between our environment and our psychological and biological selves. Possible areas of research include musical preference, fashion style, race relations, self-help books, plastic surgery, and national pride. We will explore the who of me, I, and myself.

 creativity

355:201:G1     15320                   MTH2 [10:20-11:40] BE-119              LIV           Instructor: E. Madden-Zibman

Exploring creativity! Where does it come from—the cosmos, the muses, our DNA? Do creative people think outside the “box?” What is the “box?” How do we break through to our innate originality and live it rather than conceal it in order to fit in?  Are imagination, innovation, and inspiration the exclusive domain of the arts and sciences, or essential components for enriching our lives as well as our diverse profession?  Those are some of the issues we’ll investigate.  Research topics to consider include: creative ability and autism; effects of drugs on creative output; advertising and creative persuasion; the dark side and curse of creativity; left-handedness; the use of the Golden Mean—the mysterious number employed to establish order and beauty in art.  Ultimately, you’re free to follow your inspiration to discover other related topics.

 film

355:201:15     15325                   W5 [3:20-4:40] BE-121                              LIV          Instructor: A. McElhinney

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

 

355:201:M7     10050              TTH5 [3:20-4:40] BE-111                        LIV                 Instructor: G. Schroepfer

 

E.T. The dance of death at sunset. Gangsters, hangovers, and martial arts.   A slum dog millionaire. Perhaps no other art form in the last century has left an impact on culture the way that film has. Through the images on screen, audiences engage in their hopes and fears, find their heroes, and confront their demons. Hollywood, Bollywood, the indie, the foreign film, documentaries and animation--the categories that fall under the art form have left a lasting legacy on our imaginations. This course will explore the nature of film as an art form and look at its power to inspire and enchant. Students may write about the lasting influence of a particular film, a director, or the significance of a genre.

Humor and Comedy

355:201:18     15195                                    TH6 [5:00-6:20] TIL-127        LIV                 Instructor: A. Bouhlas

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

Humans use humor on a daily basis.  But why do we use humor, and what are the larger implications of using jest?  This course allows students to investigate humor, comedy, and laughter through a variety of academic lenses.  Students can research and analyze such topics as political satire, popular cartoons, stand-up routines, comedians, ethnic and cultural humor, sit-coms, YouTube antics, bloopers, vaudeville, The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, film, video, and comic books. 

in sickness and in healthcare

355:201:M3    04257                   TTH4 [1:40-3:00] TIL-127             LIV                           Instructor: J. Evans

This class explores healthcare and the ethical, political and social debates of contemporary medical science and healthcare fields. The problems of rising health care costs are parallel to those of rising student debt for education. Featuring Michael Moore's documentary Sicko, we will explore the problems and possibilities of quality of life in the 21st century in relation to the U.S. and a globalized world economy. This course is an opportunity to research the advances of science for health care and the challenges to provide affordable quality care from childhood to old age. Possible research topics include the global quest for cheaper fairer health care, preventive medicine, equality and access to medical services, medical training and the doctor-patient relationship, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, hospice, health care workers, hospitals and alternative medicine. 

Love and Sex

355:201:17     15193                   T6 [5:00-6:20] TIL-127                              LIV             Instructor:  A. Bouhlas

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

Most songs, novels, and movies focus on the same theme: love.  How can we define love?  What is the difference between loving someone and being in love?  In this course, students will investigate the ways in which love and sex affect cultural traditions, gender norms, and the human condition.  We will look at controversial issues that arise when people defy, redefine, or revisit cultural and social norms associated with love and sex.  Possible topics include acts of flirtation, gay marriage, public displays of affection, serial killers and necrophilia, sexuality in comic books, female genital mutilation, Internet sex addiction, sexual predators, and pornography. 

Natural Disasters

355:201:G9     15321                             MTH3 [12:00-1:20] BE-119                   LIV          Instructor: L. Coolidge

Once a natural disaster has occurred, what impact does it have on society?  The immediate needs of survival may bring discordant groups together to support each other, such as in Oakland, California after the 1991 earthquake. In that case, residents who lived nearby in poorer neighborhoods rescued people from wealthy areas stranded in cars on the damaged freeways.  Other times, simmering differences can erupt, leading to antagonism and bloodshed. Natives in Indonesia took up arms against the Dutch colonists after Krakatoa erupted in 1883, because they felt the gods were clearly displeased with the decadent society. As for government officials, they may emerge as heroes who attempt to save their community or scapegoats to blame for the suffering and loss. Students in this course will look at past records of natural disasters and study their impact on the societies that were affected.  How did the societies cope? What supports were in place to help? Who were the most affected by the disaster? Clues to building resilient societies may be evident in how they rise from the ashes.

Nutrition and Exercise Science

355:201:F9      19365                         MTH3 [12-1:20] BE- 251                    LIV                Instructor: H. DelPrete

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc.

The Psychology of Conflict

355:201:G3     09734                   MW4 [1:40-3:00] LSH-B110                       LIV                Instructor: B. Fisher

“Can we all get along?” Rodney King touched the soul of the nation in 1992 with this simple but insightful question because it poses fundamental human concerns:  why do we fight with our family, friends, and loved ones?  Why is argument the basis of so much of education and business? Why do gender, class, race, and ethnic groups sometimes fight over core values and backgrounds?  Why do nations go to war?  “Psychology of Conflict” will allow students to address these issues and more.  Conflict may not always lend itself to resolution, but resolution can often be managed.  Investigation of techniques for conflict resolution can provide an additional avenue for student research.

public health issues

355:201:G7     18820                   MTH2 [10:20-11:40] TIL-123               LIV                 Instructor: L. Coolidge

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks.

Science, Medicine, and Society

355:201:G5     17988                   MW5 [3:20-4:40] LSH-B105                     LIV                    Instructor:  T. Budd

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives. Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE AND BUSCH CAMPUS.

surveillance and privacy

355:201:G2     09887                  MW3 [12:00-1:20] LSH-B117(M), LSH- B112(W)      LIV          Instructor: B. Fisher

Americans often seem shocked when revelations of government snooping into citizens' phone calls and emails come to light, yet the same Americans are entertained by fictionalized TV intelligence and surveillance thrillers such as "Person of Interest" and "Homeland." Moreover, millions of Americans routinely publish their personal information on Facebook and other social media for the world to see.  What expectations of privacy can we expect in a world in which surveillance has become so easy and so common?  And if the government is collecting data on us, how is this different from the private corporations that do so as well? What is or should be secret today? In this course, students will explore and research the intersection between the reality of surveillance and the changing expectations of privacy.

taboos and transgressions

355:201:H1     13109              TF2 [10:20-11:40] BE-121                       LIV                    Instructor: L. Schmid

Engaging in pre-marital sex?  Eating pork?   Breastfeeding in public?  Cross-dressing? Would any of these activities offend you? This course explores the origins of taboos and the social and religious consequences of transgressing them. We will examine how we decide what is decent and indecent in our society and what these codes of conduct say about us. We will explore the forbidden and discuss the unmentionable.

television

355:201:20     15319                       W4 [1:40-3:00] BE-121                    LIV              Instructor:  A. McElhinney

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation.

From its start as cinema’s ugly stepchild to a nearly universal phenomenon about eclipse to cinema, we increasingly live in a TV culture. This class will explore broadcast landmarks, historic TV programs, the history of the medium, classic and contemporary thinking about televisions while seeking to understand where TV is going in the 21st century.

 

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